‘NCIS: New Orleans’: Have These Big Controversies Finally Died Down?

by Jeremy Spirogis
‘NCIS: New Orleans’: Have These Big Controversies Finally Died Down?

NCIS: New Orleans has been on the air since its 2014 backdoor pilot by way of the unique NCIS. Throughout the seasons, the collection has had its justifiable share of behind-the-scenes controversy. From actors leaving to insider complaints, NCIS: New Orleans drama remains to be flying beneath the radar. Here’s the roundup of main headlines the present caught flack for over time.

‘NCIS: New Orleans’ star Zoe McLellan left underneath mysterious situations

'NCIS: New Orleans'
CCH Pounder as Dr. Loretta Wade, Rob Kerkovich as Forensic Scientist Sebastian Lund, and Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride | Sam Lothridge/CBS by way of Getty Images

Actress, Zoe McLellan, performed Special Agent Meredith Brody from 2014-2016. Producers known as her departure a “creative decision.” McLellan had private points to are likely to, and different tasks at hand. The reasoning made sense.

However, in 2019, Vulture uncovered extra to the story. Showrunner, Jeffrey Lieber, mentioned he felt “pressure to get on board with the firing” of McLellan from his bosses. According to him, he fought for her to remain.

“I thought she was doing a good job and that the audience was connected to her, especially because testing bore that out,” he mentioned.

The actual causes McLellan was let go, he defined, have been as a result of former CBS chairman, Les Moonves, thought McLellan wasn’t enticing sufficient (to place it mildly).

Moonves resigned in 2018 after sexual harassment allegations took place in opposition to him. With Moonves out and a brand new showrunner, Brad Kern in, discussions over McLellan’s look continued and she or he left the present.

McLellan went on to search out success on Designated Survivor however hasn’t responded to any of the allegations of her alleged termination.

Shalita Grant revealed the present ruined her self-image

Not lengthy after McLellan’s exit, Shalita Grant, who performed Special Agent Sonja Percy, additionally left the present. Her function started as a recurring character as an ATF agent, then grew to become a part of Dwayne Pride’s (Scott Bakula) NCIS staff in season 2.

Deadline beforehand reported Grant’s resolution to depart was “mutually agreed upon.” They added she was “moving on to the next great thing.” According to Grant’s supervisor, the actress was prepared “for a change,” explaining everybody concerned left amicably.

Things have taken a slight flip since Grant opened her hair spa, Four Naturals, in Hollywood, California. In the “About” part, Grant explains her causes for the spa saying, “Four Naturals began as a response to traumatizing job experience.”

She continued: “I found myself utterly wrecked after three years on a television show that decimated my natural hair and my self-image. I had traction alopecia in the center of my scalp from the extensions with looser curl patterns that I had to wear, the perimeter of my hair was about an inch long threatening baldness at different times in those three years,” she mentioned.

“My tight Type 4 hair was not welcome; instead, the producers and hair department had no issue with my natural hair suffering or falling out to comply with the mandate to wear a ponytail with little to no curl. After quitting what was once a dream job, I told myself that I would turn that pain into a platform.”

It seems as if Grant’s departure wasn’t as amicable as followers first thought, however at the very least she’s utilizing her platform to assist others.

This ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ showrunner had misconduct allegations

CBS formally suspended government producer, Kern, after a 3rd investigation took place. The complaints alleged Kern created a hostile work atmosphere for NCIS: New Orleans workers.

“I believe in terms of keeping him out of the workplace during the investigation, that was to be as fair and open as we could be,” CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl mentioned. “The investigation is ongoing. I’m told we will have results soon.”

Variety’s 2017 expose chronicled allegations in opposition to Kern, calling out the shortage of penalties for the community government.

“We were aware of these allegations when they took place in 2016 and took them very seriously,” CBS TV Studios mentioned in a press release on the time.

“Both complaints were acted upon immediately with investigations and subsequent disciplinary action. While we were not able to corroborate all of the allegations, we took this action to address behavior and management style, and have received no further complaints since this was implemented.”

Executive producer, Chris Silber, took over Kern’s duties. Kern now works as a advisor for NCIS: New Orleans.

This actress complained in regards to the issues of safety on the set

In 2015, actress Diane Neal, who performed CGIS Agent, Abigail Borin, took to Twitter in regards to the working situations on the set of NCIS: New Orleans. In her now-deleted tweets, Neal complained of “safety issues,” referring to the situations as “dangerous and stupid.”

To make issues worse, she added, “they just use me like a rented mule” and “these folks don’t give a damn.” She completed by saying one of many producers’ moms visited the set to which he gave a speech about security.

Neal later apologized for the tweets and erased them from her timeline.

Ok, simply had a chat with the EP in LA,” she commented on a Reddit thread. “He’s right, I should have tried him before going on Twitter. At the time, I felt I had recourse. So, that part is my fault for not going to the big guy first. So, I’ll delete those tweets. Forget what you can. And sign off indefinitely.”

Another government producer allegedly created ‘miserable’ working situations

Another government producer, Adam Targum, was fired from NCIS: New Orleans following Kern’s 2018 exit. According to Variety, a number of sources declare that regardless of the change in energy, the ambiance remained “miserable,” as a result of Targum’s allegedly “aggressive demeanor, demeaning remarks, and combative leadership style.”

One supply mentioned, “Targum has an abrasive personality that doesn’t foster collaboration, rather a submission to his ideas.”

Vulture admitted they may not decide the precise nature of direct complaints in opposition to Targum, and CBS didn’t remark. Targum’s allegations have been the fourth in simply three years, with the earlier three directed at Kern.

It’s unclear if any of the controversies have been utterly resolved for these engaged on NCIS: New Orleans. For the sake of the hit CBS collection, followers can solely hope.

NCIS: New Orleans returns Sunday, February 16, 2020, on CBS.

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